I See a Story: The Art of Eric Carle
April 2, 2016 through January 8, 2017
Eric Carle (American, born 1929) is widely acclaimed as the creator of beloved, brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for young children, including such familiar favorites as The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug. The High is the sole venue for this retrospective, which will feature more than 80 of Carle’s signature collages from 16 of his most popular books that span his nearly 50-year career. The exhibition will explore the artist’s varied subjects, personal interests, materials and artistic techniques and take visitors on an educational journey, celebrating the unique ways Carle’s books offer opportunities for children to learn.
To create the collages that illustrate his books, Carle uses acrylic paint to cover white tissue paper with vibrant, abstract patterns. He then cuts and tears the papers and pastes the different shapes onto illustration board to form his dynamic images. Visitors will be able to see the fine details and intricate patterns that emerge in Carle’s work from this layered collage technique.I See a Story will also feature a selection of his independent artworks and ephemera.
This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Alliance Theatre’s world premiere play with music Pancakes, Pancakes! (June 1 through July 3, 2016), based on Eric Carle’s book of the same name.
Exhibition Organization and Support
I See a Story: The Art of Eric Carle is organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts. Support is provided by the Inaugural Grandparents Circle of Support: Spring and Tom Asher, Jane and Dameron Black, Lucinda W. Bunnen, Anne Cox Chambers, Ann and Tom Cousins, Shearon and Taylor Glover, Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr., Joy and Tony Greene, Ellen and Tom Harbin, Mary Ellen and John Imlay, Sarah and Jim Kennedy, Jane and Hicks Lanier, Rene and Jim Nalley, Margaret and Terry Stent, Margaretta Taylor, and an anonymous donor. Additional support has been generously provided by the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation.
The exhibition is curated by Ellen Keiter, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, and Virginia Shearer and Ginia Sweeney, High Museum of Art.